Day-to-day Itinerary - 11 Days
Day 1 Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, the cosmopolitan port city near where the Yangtze spills into the East China Sea. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by your local guide to downtown hotel in Shanghai for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 Shanghai (B L D)
Full-day sightseeing in Shanghai as the sights and contrasts of China's most vibrant city fill your day. Stroll the riverfront Bund with its European-style buildings; retreat to the green oasis of the 500-year-old Yuyuan Garden; meet local school kids at the Children's Palace after-school program; and gain new appreciation for Chinese art at the magnificent new Shanghai Museum.
Tonight, you will enjoy an entertaining Shanghai acrobatic show following dinner.
Day 3 Shanghai / Wuxi (B L)
Check out and transfer to Shanghai Railway Station. Depart Shanghai by express train (1.5 hours) to Wuxi, a large city of Jiangsu Province, as well as "hometown of fish and rice" by Lake Tai. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local guide for sightseeing that includes a boat ride on the lake, tour of Li Yuan Garden and Huishan Clay Figure Workshop. Check into local 4-star hotel for one night with breakfast.
Day 4 Wuxi / Suzhou (B L D)
Morning tour in Wuxi again before taking express train (40 minutes) to Suzhou. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local tour guide for full-day sightseeing that includes a short cruise on Grand Canal, still a vibrant trade route after 1300 years of use. Check into Bamboo Grove Hotel Suzhou for overnight with breakfast. Tonight, enjoy a special evening at the Garden of the Master of Nets. Walk the lantern-lit paths with surprises at every turn, accompanied by live classical music.
Day 5 Suzhou / Shanghai / Yichang (B L D)
Packed with gardens, pagodas, temples, lively shops and street scenes, Suzhou is a pleasure to explore, as you'll do on this morning's tour. Step into small, harmonious gardens designed with rock, water, trees and showy vegetation, then shop for local artisans' prized silks at the Embroidery Institute. After your tour, transfer to Suzhou Railway Station for a short train ride to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your guide meet / transfer to Shanghai Airpport for your flight Shanghai - Yichang, the starting point of your upstream Yangtze cruise. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local guide to board your Yangtze cruise ship. Settle into your stateroom and get ready fo this memorable cruise.
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site in the morning. Then pass the Shiplock and continue on the cruise. Sail through the Xi Ling Gorge. Tonight the captain hosts a welcome dinner on board.
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Today you will take the shore excursions to Small Gorges along the Daning River (or Shen Nong Stream). Continue this afternoon through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and see the fabled Twelve Peaks.
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Today you will take shore excursion to Fendu, the "Ghost City" and view the temples at Mingshan Hill (alternatively, the cruise may visit Wanzhou or Shibaozhai).
Day 9 Chongqing / Beijing (B L)
Arrive in Chongqing this morning. Upon disembarkation, meet / transfer by local tour guide for some city tour in this biggest city in China: World War II Museum, Erlng Park and local zoo. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing, the capital and cultural center of China, where virtually every boulevard and building exudes an air of importance. Upon arrival in Beijing, meet / transfer by your local guide to the downtown hotel for 3 nights with daily breakfast. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 10 Beijing (B L)
Enjoy a full-day tour of the sights that make Beijing a spectacular destination: the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques; the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry; and the Summer Palace, an oasis of tea gardens, pavilions, painted corridors, and shimmering Kunming Lake with Empress Dowager's eccentric marble ship.
Day 11 Beijing (B L D)
One of the world's most awe-inspiring sights, the Great Wall snakes along nearly 4000 miles of impossibly steep hills and harsh, rugged plains. Today's excursion will give you ample time to explore it in leisure and marvel at the manpower that went into building the world's longest structure entirely by hand. Continue to the Ming Tombs, the graveyard of 13 emperors, before returning to Beijing for an imperial-style Peking Duck dinner. Time permitting, you will also tour the 2008 Beijing Olympics venues (Bird Nest and Water Cube).
Day 12 Beijing (B)
Check out and transfer to Beijing Airport. Depart Beijing for home and bid China a fond farewell. End of your China experience.
Meals Symbol: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Tour Features Includes:
Hotel accommodation in the tour
Daily three meals in the tour
Tour admission and Transfer services<
Local tour conductor in each city
All service charges and hotel taxes
Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Round-trip transpacific air ticket
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Passport and visa fee
Gratitude to guides